Hollywood star to honour Richard Burton

22 June 2011


ACTOR Richard Burton is to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Local campaigners for the accolade hope his star can be placed near the one celebrating Elizabeth Taylor, the love of his life.

They must raise around £28,000 in five years to put the star in place and maintain it.

Richard Burton is getting a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Pontrhydyfen-born Burton, who died aged 58 in 1984, received seven Oscar nominations, although he failed to win one.

His turbulent love affair with Taylor, who died this year, captivated the world. Martin Scorsese recently announced he will direct a film about the couple’s relationship.

The fundraising drive was the idea of Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, director of enterprise at the University of Wales, a lifelong Burton fan.

He told BBC Wales: “It’s fantastic news and it’s great that Scorsese is directing the film because that will give the campaign added momentum.

“Normally these stars are paid for by film companies or studios hoping to promote their movie, but I think it’s important for Wales that we raise the money ourselves.

“It’s what Richard Burton would have liked, for us to do this ourselves is important and shows national appreciation for his talent and standing.”

Taylor’s star on the Walk of Fame has been adorned with mementos from fans.

The campaign also aims to raise a further £20,000 which will be used to support scholarships at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Professor Evans said it had the approval of Burton’s daughter, Kate, as well as Welsh actors Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys.

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